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Deepika Kumari and Praveen Jadhav defeated Chinese Taipei pair in the pre-quarterfinals.
The medal competitions started on Saturday at the Tokyo Olympics. Indian players have started with mixed results. In the mixed event of archery, the pair of Deepika Kumari and Praveen Jadhav has reached the quarterfinals. At the same time, in women’s 10m air rifle event in shooting, Elavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela of India could not qualify for the final.
Harmanpreet scored two goals
Indian players celebrate after scoring a goal in the second quarter.
In men’s hockey, the match is going on between India and New Zealand in Pool A of the men’s section. The Indian team is leading 3-2 in the fourth quarter. For India, captain Harmanpreet Singh (26th and 33rd minute) and Rupinder Pal Singh (10th minute) scored one goal. For New Zealand, Ken Russell did the first in the sixth minute and Stephen Janes (43rd minute).
China wins gold in women’s 10m air rifle
China won the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics. In the women’s 10m air rifle event, China’s Yang Qianan won the gold medal in the final with an Olympic record of 251.8 points. Russia’s Anastasia Galasina won silver and Switzerland’s Nina Christiansen won bronze. Indian shooters Elavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela were eliminated in the qualification round itself.
3rd and 4th set wins Dipika-Praveen in quarterfinals
The pair of Deepika and Praveen has managed to overcome the tough challenge of Chinese Chape in the pre-quarterfinals of the mixed archery event. The Indian pair lost the first set of the match 35-36. The second set was tied at 38-38. Thus, after two sets, the Taipei pair were ahead 2-1. Winning a set in archery gets 2 points. At the same time, 1 point is given in the tie. In the third set, the Indian pair won 40-35 to level the match at 3-3. The Indian pair were at one point trailing 17-19 in the fourth set. After this, both Deepika and Praveen achieved a perfect 10 score to take India to 37. The Taipei archers could only score 17 points with the last two arrows. Thus the Indian pair won the set 37-36 and won the match 5-3.
Deepika will also play in the pre-quarterfinals in women’s singles
Deepika finished ninth in the women’s singles ranking round with 663 points on the opening day of the Olympics on Friday. South Korea’s archers were on the first three positions in the ranking round. Korea’s Aan San came first with 680 points, Jang Minhye (677) second and Kang Zhi (675) third. Whereas, Deepika will face 54th-placed Bhutanese archer Karma in the pre-quarterfinals.
Praveen was 31st in men’s singles
Among the archers in the men’s ranking round, Praveen Jadhav was 31st with 656 points, Atanu Das was 35th with 653 points and Tarundeep Roy was 37th with 652 points.
He finished ninth in the men’s team event.
Disappointing performance by Elavenil and Apurvi
Indian players disappointed in the women’s qualification in 10m Air Rifle. Both Apurvi and Elavenil failed to qualify for the finals. Elavenil finished 16th with a score of 626.5 and Apurvi finished 36th with a score of 621.9.